New trial venue sought in faked hit-and-run fatal

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Attorney want to move the trial of a central Missouri couple charged in the killing of toddler whose injuries initially were blamed on a hit-and-run.

The Sedalia Democrat reported a hearing is set for Oct. 11 to consider the change-of-venue request from attorneys for 21-year-old Thomas Presley and 25-year-old Jamie Ann Litton — both of Stover.

They face one count each of second-degree murder in the death of Litton’s 3-year-old son, Blake Litton.

Authorities allege in court documents that Presley beat the boy and then reported he was injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver along Missouri 135. Litton allegedly failed to seek medical treatment for him.

Attorneys for both defendants filed a media gag in July to prevent anyone involved from discussing the case.

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